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  1. Black Box Warning for Bowel Prep Drugs

    Dec. 11, 2008 -- The FDA today ordered a "black box" warning, the FDA's sternest warning, for the prescription oral sodium phosphate products Visicol and OsmoPrep, which are used to cleanse the bowel before a colonoscopy and other medical procedures. The warning pertains to the risk of acute phospha

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  2. Celiac Disease, Type 1 Diabetes Linked

    Dec. 10, 2008 -- Celiac disease and type 1 diabetes have some genetic traits in common, and they may also share some causes. Researchers report this in the advance online edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists -- who included Deborah Smyth, BSc, of England's University of Cam

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  3. Celiac Disease: Faster Gluten Test

    Nov. 14, 2008 -- Scientists have developed a new test that could speed up identification of gluten, a trigger for people with celiac disease. Gluten-free foods are already on the market. But gluten can lurk in products that people might not expect. People with celiac disease have to avoid gluten com

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  4. Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Treat IBS

    Nov. 13, 2008 -- Largely overlooked, older remedies like peppermint oil and fiber are effective treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a review of the research shows. The analysis shows that these remedies and some antispasmodic drugs that are no longer widely prescribed work well, researche

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  5. Probiotic May Help Treat Crohn's Disease

    Oct. 20, 2008 -- A gut bacterium called F. prausnitzii may make a good probiotic treatment for Crohn's disease, French researchers report. The scientists noticed that patients whose Crohn's disease recurred within six months of Crohn's disease surgery tended to be low on F. prausnitzii, compared to

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  6. Fatty Liver Disease: Genes Affect Risk

    Sept. 26, 2008 -- Newly discovered gene variants explain why Hispanics are most likely -- and African-Americans are least likely -- to have fatty livers. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver ailment in the U.S. and in Europe. It's behind one in 10 liver transplants. Abou

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  7. Nuts Don't Up Risk of Diverticulitis

    Aug. 26, 2008 -- There is good news for people with diverticular disease who have been told to avoid nuts, corn, and popcorn. Instead of increasing the risk for the digestive disorder diverticulitis, as has long been suspected, these foods may actually lower risk of the condition, according to findi

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  8. Chew Gum for Colon Surgery Recovery

    Aug. 18, 2008 -- Simply chewing gum after colon surgery can reduce recovery time and shorten hospital stays, a review of research shows. It could also save more than $100 million in health care spending annually, according to findings from one study. In the U.S. alone, postoperative ileus -- the med

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  9. Acid Reflux Drugs May Up Fractures

    Aug. 11, 2008 -- Using acid reflux drugs called proton pump inhibitors for at least seven years may be linked to increased risk of osteoporosis-related fractures. That news comes from a Canadian study of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and osteoporosis-related fractures. PPIs are a class of drugs that

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  10. Patch May Prevent Traveler's Diarrhea

    June 12, 2008 -- A new skin patch may help protect travelers from a common vacation spoiler: traveler's diarrhea. Researchers testing the experimental diarrhea vaccine found the patches reduced the likelihood of contracting traveler's diarrhea among people going to high-risk areas like Mexico. In ad

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